Riding the Robo-Advisor Wave
In an age of Instagram, Instacart, and instant gratification in general, a more tech-savvy generation is looking to a streamlined way to save and invest their money. This is evidenced by the growing number of robo-advisors entering the automated investment management arena as well as the growing AUM managed by these advisors. Earlier this week, InvestmentNews published a story announcing that LPL Financial was throwing its hat into the ring. Other independent broker dealers including Cambridge Investment Research Inc. and Commonwealth Financial Network announced their intentions to have robo-adviser offerings earlier this year. They will be entering a part of the market dominated by relative industry newbies Betterment and Wealthfront and industry mainstays Charles Schwab & Co. and Vanguard with AUM totals of $2.52 million, $2.56 million, $3 billion, and $21 billion, respectively.
While these names and figures may seem intimidating to companies trying to enter this space, fear not. Financial technology, or FinTech, is ever evolving in ways to give the consumers what they want: transparency and ease of investing. This coupled with a change in factors driving the brand loyalty of Millennials leaves the robo-advising world open for everyone with the willingness to take the risk and lead market innovation.